Friday, February 10, 2006

1 out of 3

Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) is quickly moving into the zone of right wing nutjob. (HT: Hugh) I am significantly right of center. My opinion is that President Bush is slightly to the left of John Kennedy. He is no Ronald Reagan on policy.

Tom Tancredo has been one of the most outspoken members of Congress on the serious problem of illegal immigration. I am with him on this, in principle. But the President's plan seems entirely reasonable to me. Shut down the illegal border crossings and set up a program where we can verify that people coming to take jobs are not murderers or terrorists, get taxes out of all the foreign workers, and let the free market take care of the rest. No more problems with who to give driver's licenses to. No more questions about whether the parents of kids in our schools are paying taxes or are here for the "right" reasons.

His other two complaints are on the "No Child Left Behind" program and the "Medicare Prescription Drug" program. Here, he hits one out of two for me. It is hard to disagree that the former has been a significant success. It could be better, but the President had to deal with Ted Kennedy to get it passed. Nothing done under those circumstances is going to be perfect. The latter is a disaster. The President had the right idea but the totally wrong implementation. He clearly has a bunch of smart lawyers in the administration but I begin to wonder if there is anybody amongst his advisors that really understands why the free market is so superior to government programs.

So Tom gets a 1 out 3 while attacking the leader of his party. There are dozens of points where center-right folks like me will happily disagree with the President. Picking points that only wackos will agree with you doesn't improve your popularity.


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